Another holiday period of the great New Zealand rip-off has been completed.
Yes, the now all-embracing holiday surcharge at cafes and restaurants throughout the land.
What a miserable tax on the general public the surcharges have become.
They are a cop out on the part of owners and it is well worth hunting out establishments who refuse to jump on the gravy train (pun deliberate). There are plenty of them out there and they are deserving of support.
Costs involved in trading on public holidays should be built into charges made during the rest of the year and any half-decent employer should ponder that when claiming staff on the job on public holidays need to be paid. Of course, they do, but those charges should be built into year-round trading instead of being foisted on the long-suffering Kiwi public.
A few cents spread over the year soon builds up.
The other option for these traders is not to trade on public holidays at all. They can't have it both ways.
As it stands the surcharge is a complete consumer rip-off and the sooner the greedies are targeted the better.